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Faculty Profiles
LORRAINE MASTRACCHIO
Professor and Senior Chairperson of Faculty
M.S., Baruch College
B.A., Lehman College
Certifications: MOS Word and Powerpoint
Lorraine Mastracchio
"As the chairperson of the Office Technology Department, I bring enthusiasm, experience, and current computer knowledge to my students. I take great pride working alongside young adults as they prepare for the business world."

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." -William Arthur Ward"
MARC HESS
Assistant Professor
Chairperson, Digital Media
M.S., New York University
M.S., Pace University
B.A., San Diego State University Certifications: Macromedia Flash 5 Developer
Flash MX Designer, Dreamweaver MX Developer
CIWFoundations, CIW Site Designer
Marc Hess
"Every day, I try to make my class both interesting and fun. My goal is to show how something that seems challenging can be broken down into smaller, easier to understand, and simpler steps. Through this process I will sometimes spontaneously thread in humor to assist in making the students comfortable."
ESTELLE COFFINO
Program Director/Chairperson - Allied Health Program and Instructor, Allied Health
M.P.A., Long Island University
B.S., Mercy College
A.A.S., Manhattan Community College
License: Registered Respiratory Therapist
Certifications: Certified Clinical Medical Assistant;
Certified Pulmonary Function Technology
Estelle Coffino
"Our Allied Health programs at CW prepare students to meet the challenges of the growing healthcare industry. We engage our students with the education and skills training necessary to become a medical professional that often times fulfills for them a lifelong dream of helping people."
JAMES MCGEE
Chairperson, Business Administration
Associate Professor
J.D., Western New England College School of Law
M.S., Iona College
James McGee
"As an experienced educator who shares a background in banking, real estate, and law, I am convinced that both my knowledge and experience are valuable in a business learning environment. Any time an individual chooses to advance his/her education, the benefits of doing so are immeasurable. His interest in continuing to learn serves to secure his future while, simultaneously, improving that of his family, the community in which he lives, as well as all of society. Becoming a lifelong learner is the key to staying ahead of the learning curve while also strengthening one's ability to contribute as a leader in a rapidly changing world. It is my firm belief that any student who makes a serious commitment to his education is making a lifetime investment working toward a goal which will always hold him in good stead."
MICHAEL LASALA
Professor, Business Administration
M.B.A., St. John's University
B.S., University of Vermont
Michael Lasala
"Years of business experience have taught me that an education should never be underestimated. I take pride in helping students achieve their goals by providing them with knowledge and motivation to achieve success in whatever they decide to do. My classes are exciting, fun and focused on bringing the material as close as possible to what students can expect in real life situations."
LORETTA M. SINOPOLI
Instructor, General Education
M.S., Long Island University
M.A., Manhattanville College
B.A., Pace University
Loretta M. Sinopoli
"Teaching is my calling; it's my life's purpose. But it's the students who make every day at CW as fresh and exciting as Christmas morning; they are like presents under the tree - despite the different packaging, each is filled with a unique, little treasure inside."
GRACE BONANNO
Professor / Chairperson, Networking
ABD, Nova Southeastern University
M.S., Iona College, B.S., Pace University
Certifications: MCSE, CCNA, CCAI, Network , MCSA
Grace Bonanno
"Technology impacts every area of our lives. Understanding the uses of technology and becoming an expert in the field of Information Technology (IT) provides an individual with a cutting edge career opportunity. It's my goal to share with my students the knowledge and skills necessary to become an IT expert. It's my desire that through interactive class sessions, hands-on and virtual labs, and individual and team-based assignments students will take hold of my respect and love for technology, apply their knowledge and skills, and succeed with a career in Information Technology."
ANNE BIKOFSKY
Professor / Chairperson, Accounting
C.P.A., M.B.A., B.B.A., Bernard Baruch College
Anne Bikofsky
"I love teaching at CW because every day I make my classroom interesting and fun by challenging students with new and exciting information."
ANDY CAPELLAN
Instructor, General Education
M.S.Ed., Iona College
B.S., New York University
Andy Capellan
"I have been in education over 35 years. It provides a person with the fulfillment of giving, assisting and developing young minds. CW affords that opportunity to those who choose to venture into the brave new world of further education. Many are experiencing that unique experience of achieving the goals, they at one time gave little thought of attaining."
DAVID LAMBERT
Instructor, Computer Networking
B.S., University of Canterbury
Graduate Studies, Kaplan University
Certifications: MSCE, MCT, MCSA, MCSD, MCSE 1, A , Network , Security , Network Cabling Cooper Base Systems, Fiber-Optic Certified Trainer, Fiber-Optic Cabling Specialist, No
David Lambert
"We build careers, expand opportunities that change lives! Providing opportunities and chances is my mission and my goal!"
DR. SHAMVA WRIGHT
Assistant Chairperson and Instructor, Allied Health
D.C., Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic;
B.S., Claflin University
Certification: Certified Health Instructor (CHI)
Dr. Shamva Wright
"As an Instructor, my purpose is not to create students in my own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. I encourage them to set their goals high enough to inspire them and low enough to encourage them.

I chose to teach in the Allied Health Field because I enjoy sharing my knowledge and enlightening the way for others to become successful medical professionals."
JUSTIN STONE
Assistant Professor, Business Administration
M.B.A., Iona College
B.B.A., Hofstra University
A.A., Nassau Community College
Justin Stone
"In reviewing my business career it became obvious to me that much of my success was due to the efforts of several outstanding instructors. In forecasting the balance of my time on this side of the earth, I decided to pay back to others the good that had been done to me. Teaching became my late- in-life ministry. The College of Westchester was the first school to let me bring my abilities to those whose careers might benefit as had my own. The College also introduced me to many like-minded individuals who were already engaged in full-time teaching."
MICHAEL GRASSIA
Instructor, Digital Media
M.S., The College of New Rochelle
B.A., Empire State College
Michael Grassia
"In 1994 at eighteen, I entered the art world creating characters, animations, and video content for a small gaming company. Since then, I have worked in many visual storytelling mediums. Today, I am an experienced writer, animator, illustrator, puppet builder and puppeteer, designer, photographer, printmaker, video editor, and director. Bringing all my professional experience to the classroom, I'm creating a fun and creative, yet strict, learning experience for all."
JAMES LINES
Assistant Chairperson, Digital Media
B.F.A., Pratt Institute
James Lines
"I try to bring my professional experience in the creative industries into the classroom. My focus in class is the creative process which is universal to design and integral to artistic success and marketability. The small class sizes at CW allow me to mentor my student’s one on one and give them the individual attention they need to further their creative output."
ALEXA FERREIRA
Instructor, General Education
M.A., Manhattanville College
B.A., SUNY Purchase
Alexa Ferreira
"Words have always been my passion, and success in today's workplace demands the best communication skills. That's why I am happy to teach writing and communication at The College of Westchester."
AARON SULTANIK
Instructor, General Education
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., New York University
B.A., New York University
Aaron Sultanik
"I look to complete myself every day through my integrity as an instructor. I am dedicated to the ideals of my profession and to the fulfillment of my students."
MICHELLE FUHRMAN
Instructor, Allied Health
M.S., University of Bridgeport
B.S., Ithaca College
Michelle Fuhrman
"For me, the greatest reward of teaching at the College of Westchester is seeing students come in with very little knowledge of the field of health care and grow and develop into confident and knowledgeable Certified Health Care Professionals."
MICHAEL RYAN
Assistant Professor, Digital Media
M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design
B.F.A., Mercy College
A.A.S., The College of Westchester
Michael Ryan
"My goal as a professor is to equip my students with the knowledge and skills that they will need to be a successful digital artist. I work hard to create a comfortable and stimulating classroom environment. My students are encouraged to ask questions, explore, and continually push their personal limits."
RAYMOND GILES, III
Associate Professor, Office Technologies
M.S., Polytechnic University
B.A., University of Massachusetts
Certifications: Macromedia Flash, Microsoft Excel
Raymond Giles, III
"I love working at The College of Westchester because my students success is my success. Helping students to obtain the skills necessary to compete in an ever growing competitive market is what CW is all about. I believe the price of success must be paid in advance, and paid in full, there are no discounts at the door of success."
DR. BAHADUR SINGH
Adjunct Instructor, Allied Health
M.D., B.S., Far Eastern University
Dr. Bahadur Singh
"Teaching should be second nature to any good physician. We do that every day with our patients, with our colleagues, with our students and our love ones. It gives me immense pleasure to see my students' progress."
MICHAEL FLANAGAN
General Education Assistant Chair
M.F.A., Brooklyn College
B.A., The College of Mount Saint Vincent
Michael Flanagan
"I am a teacher, tutor, and Success Coach at The College of Westchester. I write fiction and plays, and direct theater in Manhattan. I apply my background to the classroom, where I teach that through skillful communication, both written and spoken, students can make their mark on society."
JOANN SONDEY
Director of Career Services and Assistant Professor, General Education
M.S., University of Bridgeport
B.S., Mercy College
Joann Sondey
"The College of Westchester Career Services staff carefully guides you through the entire process of planning and preparing you for your actual job search.

We offer private career counseling, assistance in resume writing, writing of introduction and follow up letters, researching companies, securing job interviews, conducting interviews, job interview follow-up.

Because of the focused courses and programs, a CW degree can give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace and provide you the skills and knowledge valued by employers in business, government and organizations."
STACY LARSON
Chairperson and Associate Professor, General Education
J.D., Pace University School of Law
M.A., Long Island University
B.S., Mercy College
Stacy Larson
"Every day, I make the classroom interesting and fun by allowing students to take proactive and interactive roles in their learning. I have found the greatest successes come when students are empowered to embrace their educational experience and take ownership of it. I am an authoritative leader who facilitates the learning process so that students can maintain greater control over what they take away from each class session."
ERICA SCHACHT
Assistant Professor, General Education
M.A., Iona College
B.A., Salve Regina University
Erica Schacht
"Teaching is not something that can be developed over night. It is an art that must be mastered through time, diligence, and patience. I became a teacher because of all of my female professors who inspired me to be where I am today. Every moment, every day, and every year I teach I learn something new, something greater.”

As Aristotle said, "Teaching is the highest form of understanding" and I truly believe this.
MICHAEL CLARIZIO
Assistant Professor, Business Administration
M.A., Excelsior College
B.A., SUNY Purchase
B.S., A.S., Excelsior College
Michael Clarizio
"Every student that comes my way is like a melody that is not yet written, a soul mate you long to meet but haven't yet found, an undiscovered potential waiting to be given the opportunity to sing out to the world. My job as a college professor here at CW is to unlock melodies, so that all of our students can begin to discover the music beating within their hearts and minds. I tap all avenues of individualized, collaborative learning, both within and beyond the classroom, and when I send my students out into the world at graduation they are - to the best of my ability to train and prepare them - ready to be professional players in the orchestra of modern life."
TERENCE KEYES
Assistant Director for Student Activities and Adjunct Assistant Professor
M.S. Ed., Capella University
B.S., Boston University
Terence Keyes
My 20 years of teaching and facilitating have repeatedly demonstrated that higher education is an important journey of transformation and empowerment. Each class at CW becomes a community of learners who actively collaborate toward an achievement of knowledge, skills, and development. In the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, "A mind stretched to a new idea never regains its original dimension."
PAULA CANCRO
Instructor, General Education/Office Technologies
M.B.A., Iona College
B.A., SUNY Purchase
Certification: Project Management Professional
Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Instructor -- Office 2007
Paula Cancro
"I love what I do. I walk into class looking to challenge my students and have them challenge me. Most days, we are both successful - and that's a great thing."
DR. JUDITH LILLESTON
Director of Student Success and Retention and Associate Professor, General Education
Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY
B.S., City College of New York
Dr. Judith Lilleston
"Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not a preparation for life but life itself." -John Deweyz

“Working at The College of Westchester has given me the opportunity to impart to students one of my most important values: education. As I tell my students, education is a conduit for change. The College of Westchester as a student centered, positive and friendly institution, provides our students with the chance to learn, grow and change their lives. As faculty we serve as the conduit for their knowledge and growth. As college administrators we have the opportunity to encourage, direct and sometimes remind and refocus them on their goal. The College of Westchester provides an environment in which students can succeed and be better than they ever imagined. I am delighted that I can be a part of that process."
JAMES SANTIAGO
Associate Professor, Business Administration
M.S., Mercy College B.A., Lehman College
James Santiago
"I want my students to think coming to my classes are like going to a bank of knowledge. Whenever you come in, you make deposits and withdrawals and leave with more knowledge than when you came in."
DR. MICHAEL AMAN
Adjunct Instructor, General Education
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center
M.F.A., Brooklyn College
B.A., Iona College
Dr. Michael Aman
"I've taught students of all age levels from kindergarten through graduate school and I believe that no matter what level the student, for them to learn, they must be in a safe, fostering, and challenging atmosphere. That environment is what CW provides and I'm proud to be a part of it."
JEAN PAUL LE DU
Instructor, General Education
M.A., Fordham University
M.A.T., Touro College
B.A., SUNY Albany
Certifications: New York State Board of Education, New Jersey State Board of Education
Jean Paul Le Du
"Without education there is no liberty, no justice, no opportunity, and no progress. I'd like to think that I'm on the front lines of that battle and CW represents the trenches where my students and I dig in to create a better future for ourselves, our families, and our society."
DR. CHRIS NWOSISI
Evening/Saturday Chairperson, Technology
D.P.S., Pace University
M.S., Polytechnic University
B.A., Hunter College
Diploma, Columbia University
Certifications: CCAI, CCNA, MCSA, A+, Net+, CNE, CNA
Dr. Chris Nwosisi
"Our classes are comprised of students with diverse work experiences. For those of them with "zero" IT knowledge and those of them who want to change career, our department will give them the hands-on experience that they need. Our small class size encourages team work and one-on-one interaction. Project development is an integral part of our program, and real life projects are used to stimulate and inspire our students."

"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand." - Chinese Proverb
JOHN STRANGE
Evening/Saturday Chairperson, Accounting
M.B.A., B.A., Iona College
Certifications: CMA, EA, ATA
John Strange
"As the chairperson for the Evening /Saturday accounting program, I enjoy working with motivated adult students who successfully budget time for their studies, in addition to their busy work and home schedules. It is a privilege to contribute to the development of these future accounting and finance professionals."
HOWARD MILLMAN
Assistant Professor, Office Technologies
M.A., Excelsior University
B.A., Adelphi University
Howard Millman
"Having spent 14 years at night school for my B.A. and another seven to get my Masters, allows me to understand the challenges that night and evening students face. Now, as a professor who has taught numerous business courses including organizational management, marketing, advertising, business communications, business law, leadership plus many technology-related classes at The College of Westchester, I'm knowledgeable & fully committed to helping and inspiring all of my students at CW to achieve success."
CHRISTIAN DE MATTEO
Instructor, General Education
M.F.A., Columbia University, School of the Arts
B.A., College of Mount Saint Vincent
Christian De Matteo
"Words - knowing them, understanding them, being able to put them together and be heard, understood and agreed with - are the ultimate power and the consummate tools of success. My job is to activate this power in my students so they can go forth and change the world for the better. I can think of no better job to have."
MAXIMINO TORRES
Professor, Business Administration
M.B.A., Long Island University
M.S., Herbert Lehman College
B.S., St Francis College
A.O.S., Monroe Business Institute
Maximino Torres
"Teaching in a college setting for over twenty years has been interesting. Here at CW it has been a treat. Everyday the students come into the classroom eager to learn. Their thirst to achieve their goals has motivated them to succeed. I applaud the students for working very diligently and being enthusiastic."